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GOP lawmakers push-back against vaccine passports

Ochsner nurses and volunteers give a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at 5 a.m. during the 24-hour Max Fest at the Shrine on Airline Metairie near New Orleans Tuesday, March 30, 2021. Anyone who does not have an appointment can show up and get a vaccine until 7 a.m. this morning. (David Grunfeld/The Advocate via AP)

Travelers walk through the Salt Lake City International Airport Wednesday, March 17, 2021, in Salt Lake City. Airlines and others in the travel industry are throwing their support behind vaccine passports to boost pandemic-depressed travel, and authorities in Europe could embrace the idea quickly enough for the peak summer vacation season.   (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Travelers walk through the Salt Lake City International Airport Wednesday, March 17, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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UPDATED 11:11 AM PT – Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Democrats are getting push-back from Republicans over their calls to require Americans to use coronavirus passports. Joe Biden is reportedly working with companies to create an app showing proof of vaccination.

If the passes were used on a national scale, businesses would require Americans to show their passports to be able to use their services. New York became the first state to enforce such a rule using IBM’s Excelsior Pass app, which shows businesses a user’s personalized QR code.

However, several Republicans are pushing back against the idea and are claiming it infringes on American’s individual freedoms. Critics are lambasting Democrats who are promoting vaccine passports while arguing it shows their liberal hypocrisy.

House Republican Whip Steve Scalise said he finds it strange that Democrats are quick to paint voter ID laws in a bad light yet they are all of a sudden huge supporters of Americans having to show IDs when going about their daily lives.

Additionally, Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan took to Twitter to condemn the Biden administration for flirting with the idea of showing vaccination passports.

Other Republicans are expressing concerns over privacy issues that could arise from mandating the apps. They believe the ethical problems outweigh the potential benefits of the passports.

In the meantime, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is the first GOP lawmaker to take concrete steps against the measures. The Republican said he will take executive action if the federal government and private sector moves to impose the passports. DeSantis added, the nation should not have to take such drastic measures as long as health officials can effectively vaccinate Americans.

Ochsner nurses and volunteers give a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at 5 a.m. during the 24-hour Max Fest at the Shrine on Airline Metairie near New Orleans Tuesday, March 30, 2021. Anyone who does not have an appointment can show up and get a vaccine until 7 a.m. this morning.  (David Grunfeld/The Advocate via AP)

Ochsner nurses and volunteers give a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at 5 a.m. during the 24-hour Max Fest at the Shrine on Airline Metairie near New Orleans Tuesday, March 30, 2021.  (David Grunfeld/The Advocate via AP)

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